Dr. Jules Millman, a retired dentist who had a passion for vintage motorcycles and classic cars, died Sunday from pneumonia at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Northwest Baltimore resident was 87.
“He was like a second father to me,” said Susan M. Schulze, a Hampstead resident who had been Dr. Millman’s office manager for 34 years. “He was brilliant… determined and devoted. He was such a wonderful person. He was the strongest man I ever met in my life.”
Jules Millman was born in Baltimore and raised on Fulton Avenue and Garrison Boulevard. He was the son of Dave Millman, a fruit and vegetable vendor, and Dora Millman, a homemaker.
After graduating in 1947 from City College, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1951 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a 1955 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force and served with the dental corps, which was stationed with the 15th Fighter Group in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was discharged with the rank of captain in 1957, and remained a reservist until 1963.
Dr, Millman established a solo dental practice in 1957 in the 900 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Its focus was family dentistry. In 1993, he moved his practice to Garrison Forest Shopping Center in Owings Mills where he continued treating patients. He retired last year.
Dr. Millman’s routine included seeing patients, pro bono, from the nearby Rosewood Center for those suffering from developmental disabilities. Those appointments would come after he closed his office for the day.
He also conducted dental examinations for Maryland State Police, whose headquarters were in Pikesville.
“I started working for him in his office on Saturdays when I was 7 years old,” said his son, Eric Millman of Joplin, Mo., a pediatric radiologist. “On Saturdays we would go to Harve de Grace to see patients because the only dentist in town had left.”
“He had patients that were grandchildren of family members he had treated,” said Ms. Schultze. “He was truly a dedicated man.”
“He was a very friendly man, but like everybody else, he had his moments. He was true and to the point, and he told it the way it was — whether you wanted to hear it or not,” she said.
Margo P. Lieb, a former lab technician, lives in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood and worked for Dr. Millman for 38 years.
“He was a very understanding man, and when I got sick, he fully understood the problems I was having,” she said. “Anything you needed, he was right there. I’m really going to miss him.”
Dr. Millman was an avid collector of antique motorcycles, which he repaired and rode. He favored Ducati, BMW and Triumph motorcycles, family members said.
His classic automotive interests were varied. He collected, repaired and drove models including a Triumph TR4, a 1958 Jaguar XKE, a 1958 Mercedes Benz 220 S, a 1962 Corvair, a 1967 Chevrolet Camero 327 and a 1970 Porsche 911 T Special Edition.
“He had previously owned a red and cream Chevrolet Bel Air which he purchased new in 1955,” his son said.
“I was always trying to find calendars for him that featured antique cars,” Ms. Lieb said.
In recent years, his favorite car of choice was a 1994 Corvette he named “Ruby.” When the weather was agreeable, he’d take Ruby out for a drive on winding roads that had an abundance of hairpin turns and hills, family members said.
“He was still driving Ruby until his death,” said his wife of 64 years, the former Bernice Broth.
He and his wife lived on Sugar Cone Road in Mount Washington, then moved in 2014 to Quarry Lake at Greenspring in Northwest Baltimore. Dr. Millman enjoyed sitting on his porch, waving and talking to passersby which earned him the honorary title of “mayor,” his wife said.
He and his wife adopted and sheltered many rescue dogs, and he also sheltered a parrot named Sammie who called him “dad,” family members said.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. in Pikesville.
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Jeffrey Millman of Pikesville; a daughter, Lisa Dorman of Pikesville; a sister, Connie Winternitz of Potomac; and five grandchildren.